272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
  • Address:
    272 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Californian
    Price: $30 and under

272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solunasf.com/
  • Phone: 4156212200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Menu: Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 10:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:30pm - 7:30pm

    NOTE: Kitchen closes at 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please visit our website at www.solunasf.com and view our Events Menu for details.
  • Special Events: Special Events are welcome. Please contact Rene Denis or Dave Bullers for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkin
  • Public Transit: Public Transit Stops: Civic Center Bart & Muni Stations - 2 blocks MUNI 5 Fulton - .5 blocks 19 Polk - .5 blocks 47 Van Ness - 2 blocks 49 Mission/Van Ness - 2 blocks Golden Gate Transit - .5 blocks
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public lot located beneath Civic Center Plaza and on Larkin between McAllister and Larkin. Street parking is also available and is free after 6pm.
A word from 272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge
Located on Civic Center Plaza across the street from the Asian Art Museum, 272 Soluna Cafe and Lounge offers a classic Californian-American Cuisine.
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272 Soluna Cafe & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)fit for foodies (41)vibrant bar scene (29)great for lunch (15)good for groups (14)hot spot (14)special occasion (12)romantic (10)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant has a lot of things going for it. Great ambience, wonderful menu. But……..bummer if you are going to the theater. Very disorganized. The couple next to us, were an hour and a half early for their Opera performance and had to take their meal to go. The house did not comp them anything despite being unable to serve them within an reasonable amount of time. Fortunately our performance started 30 min. later, but still, our pork chops were RAW and they couldn't get our drinks to us without us asking twice. The food was good- but what a stressful situation if you want to eat in a civilized manner before a performance. I would imagine their audience are theater goers, but they were incapable of serving them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $90.00 non-meal for two
    hungry
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I arrived at 6:30 for fast meal before Opera. It turned out to be a really backed up night in the kitchen and the front staff I saw were scrambling, badly. We ordered drinks and meal at 6:45, got the drinks and salad at 7. Asked for some bread while waiting, no bread. At 7:20 we asked for check No main had arrived. He checked and it was under the lights. We took it, as a doggie bag and put it in the car trunk while running to the Opera. Did not make opening!! Spoiled the evening! I like the look of the place, the server was nice but how can I give the place a good rating when (dinner) took 55 minutes from my entering the restaurant at a place that is catering to the theater scene. The place was 1/2 full when we walked in
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great and service was very attentive. They did a great job of getting us out in time for the show at the Orpheum despite the fact that we arrived late due to traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the beaten path
    tkgnVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Mostly used by theater patrons however should not be kept just for them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fine, all else troubling
    KnickerbockerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    At an early dinner, prior to a performance, we found Soluna to be an odd conflict of a decently interesting menu, excellent food preparation and reasonable prices against haphazard service and a rather run-down dining room. When we arrived, the place was not crowded (it was early). Our waiter was ready for our food order before our cocktails had even arrived -- which was surprisingly much later -- and did not follow up on our drink order. Our food was creative and delicious. The restaurant was not simply quaint, or a 'neighborhood place', but rather down at the heels. Nearby diners seemed to enjoy their meals, but several also commented on the ragged service. This place is a good kitchen looking for good management.
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  • Convenient to Orpheum theater...
    BarbaraFVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place is just okay but is certainly convenient for theater-goers. The watermelon and heirloom tomato salad is great!! But the salmon is very plain, no seasoning or flavoring on it at all. And the grill-steam method of cooking, while intending to keep it moist, failed. My piece was overcooked and dry.
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  • Another enjoyable evening
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It is simply the best (and only) place to eat before going to SHN for a show. Amazing service, great atmosphere and the food is tasty and not over-complicated. Amazing vegetable side dishes too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the theater...
    SidW
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Chose this place because last month we came here before going to the Orpheum Theater. It's only about a 5 minute walk from BART and Orpheum. The menu is small but the items are great. Last time I had the friend chicken and this time I had the Caesar salad with crab and the Halibut. They were both delicious! Would come here again and recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soluna cafe after matinee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were looking for a cafe style restaurant close to the theatre. Saw Soluna cafe online and decided to try it - booked a reservation with open table. What a gem! Excellent service, fun menu with charcuterie appetizers! Beautiful presentations of our food; and great pairing of entrees as presented. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to enjoy excellent food and good conversation with your companions - noise level was low - wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was excellent. We both had salmon. Tables (booths) are little bit too close together. I would suggest that they add some dinner size salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    beautiq
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Pleasantly surprised that the food was great. Waitstaff interaction was a little touchy however manager expertly handled situation. Did I say I loved the food? Yes, the halibut was delicious, fresh and prepared beautifully and paired with sauces I adore. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    Springfun
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We selected this restaurant for it's proximity to the Orpheum Theater as we were heading to the show after dinner, and as soon as we arrived we were glad we ended up here. Our group of five were seated right away and our server was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. She helped us select a bottle of wine and made recommendations for our meal as well. We all enjoyed our food very much except for the steak which was a little tough. When we informed our server she let her manager know who took off half the price of that meal, which was in no way expected but very appreciated. We would definitely recommend as a pre-theater dinner or anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pre-show Dining
    RosalieGVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If you are attending a performance at the Orpheum, this is a perfect place to eat before the show. It is only a few blocks away. We had really good hamburgers and fries. We shared a tasty Caesar salad that is big enough for two. The server was excellent, professional and nice. Loved that you didn't have to ask for water refills or to have the plates cleared away...very attentive and prompt service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a pre-show dinner
    VVcasualdiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is right at Civic Center, so it's very convenient for a pre-show dinner if you are going to the Symphony, something at the Orpheum, Bill Graham, etc. However, I highly recommend you make reservations, because it's a very small restaurant and it fills up early on weekends. The food is great and they have great service. It's not a quick dinner though, so make sure to leave enough time to enjoy your dinner before your show. The cheese plate is nice and the bread pudding is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biscuit
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Food was ok but not great. Probably will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great before theater
    rmoh
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Enjoyed our meal very much before show at orpheum, appreciated the free dessert (amazing marshmallows!) great cocktail menu too
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Comfort Food Options
    JayMVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I had the cheese sandwich (guyere!) and the tomato bisque, which was to DIE for! My companion had the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad. Neither of us had ever seen yellow watermelon, at first we thought it was pineapple. Balanced between us, as the salad was not quite enough, and I'd not be able to finish a whole yummy cheese sammy. This was a third visit, and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Show time
    Bill
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    If you are seeing a show in the Civic Center area, this is the place to go to. Food was very good and reasonably priced for San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Orpheum Must
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were a party of six and had matinee tickets for the Orpheum. We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance. 272 Soluna met that criterion and more. The food, service and setting were the perfect beginning to an afternoon in the City.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for pre-theatre dining
    pickeyeater
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This cafe is very near the Orpheum Theatre, so it's great for dining before attending a performance. They lots of small plates and lighter fare which I liked. My main complaint is that they do not offer a potato (or other non-grain type) vodka for all of us trying to limit our gluten intake.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre ready
    Knrosesan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was spectacular. We had corn hatch chile chowder and fried chicken. The wine was wonderful. We had John Duval Plexus. You must have a reservation on event nights. We were going to the Orpheum and there was another event that night as well so the place was hopping. They are prepared for that and get you in and out with great food and service. We have tickets for a show in November and are already reserving our table. A new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre-show dinner spot!
    Napadiner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always our favorite dining spot when going to the Orpheum. Great food and bar...wonderful energy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgetful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We were here for a pre-show dinner. The place was not especially busy on a Thursday night, but the service was terrible. We waited 10 minutes after being seated before I finally asked the general manager slumped against the wait station if he could help us get a beer. When we finally saw our server we ordered a bottle of wine, which she forgot to put in and we had to remind her as we got our meals. The meals were fine, a little under seasoned, but seemingly fresh ingredients.
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  • Best hamburger ever
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I rarely eat red meat but based on the reviews on Open Table I decided to have that at Soluna. It was the best hamburger I've ever had (they grind the meat there, sirloin, brie, brioche...). My friend and I were in a hurry to make a show at 7 pm and the waitress worked with us to make sure we had a nice experience and got out in time. I would definitely go to Soluna again if in the Civic Center area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow and nervous place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Went to Soluna about an hour before a theatre show at the Orpheum. Big mistake. The staff was very slow - 15 minutes for a glass of wine to arrive. It was clear other patrons were having timing problems. One complained they had been waiting for an hour - others seem as upset as we were. As time went by we lost confidence we would get our food on time. The staff was not rude but not pleasant either - a nervous bunch unable to handle the pressure. We asked our order be cancelled. The waitress persuaded us our food would be out in two minutes and so we waited closer to ten minutes after that. When the food arrived it was ok but we had to eat in a big rush so it ended up being a not so pleasant dinner. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner before Motown
    runallan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner prior to attending that night's performance of Motown at the Orpheum. Easy parking across the street at the Civic Center garage. We were seated promptly and enjoyed great service all evening. The food was delicious. Our group had either the salmon or halibut, and both were outstanding. The only difficulty we experienced was with the drinks and wine service. They were extremely slow to be delivered to the table. Our server explained that the bar was extremely busy, but it appeared they were using two bartenders. One of our party never did get his martini delivered to the table. We were not, however, charged for the drink.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bryan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a very enjoyable meal. Everyone at our table were very pleased with the food. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Burger
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Visited Soluna before a show at the Symphony with my friend. Service was above and beyond, our waitress had an excellent suggestion on wine, and we were really happy we listened to her recommendation. We ordered the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, which was a nice little starter to share. Friend had the salmon which she said was really good. I had the burger w/ brie and it was outstanding! Perfectly cooked, yummy onions and a generous amount of brie. So delicious. The fries were a nice accompaniment but nothing special. A great spot for a pre-show dinner.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great clams and burgers!
    sharonbVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We chose the restaurant because it was close to the Asian Art Museum, where we were attending an event. The food was very good - steamed clams with an excellent chorizo broth, and wonderful hamburgers - including black garlic aioli and triple-cream brie. Service was good. If I have any complaint, it is the wine list. It is extremely expensive with regard to the corresponding food prices and the casual style of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, and could be even better
    RonlroVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I understand how there have been such mixed reviews... The food is good, the servers are very helpful and friendly, the atmosphere is quite pleasant, and the location is perfect event in the area. Yet, the timing of service has something to be desired. We were seated promptly, and immediately offered to order drinks. Why, when the bar is not packed, does it take 15 minutes for a cocktail and a glass of wine to appear, after appetizers are already on the table. Still, the meal was good, and the waitpeople were very helpful. We'll be back and try again.
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  • Perfect for shows near City Center
    SparkleePark
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Needed a reservation before a talk at SF Jazz Center.. this restaurant didn't look like much on the outside, but the service was fabulous, the fish amazing, and the focus on our own tight schedule much appreciated. People at the Bar Tables seemed to be hip and happy, we weren't there long but it appeared that these were regulars, drinking an noshing.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly Staff, Decent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time eating here. I was concerned because of all the reviews mentioning slow service, as we had a concert to get to. But I made the reservation 2.5 hours before we estimated the band was going on. The employees were all very friendly! The space is decorated nicely. However, the service is indeed dreadfully slow. We needed the whole 2.5 hours. It took about 1/2 hour just to bring the first round of beers. Water was delayed because they were out of glasses. We finally got our water as the bill came (not kidding). The food was decent, definitely NOT worth what they were charging. If I was in the area, I'd go back for drinks, but not for dinner. Unless they pick up the pace and quality, or drop their prices about 30%.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Food ok, service not so much
    NotpickyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The four of us had dinner here before a concert and everything started well. Two of the dishes, pork and fish came out pink and undercooked. When this was shown to the servers, all we got was attitude and they reluctantly took the food back and brought it back with only a slight improvement. Overall, the other food was decent. The cheese plate appetizer was excellent. The server attitude was poor. If they hadn't added the tip to the bill, we would have left a much smaller one
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  • A Must Repeat
    Babe1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was introduced to Soluna's food treasures by a friend, before a ballet performance 6-7 years ago. Myself and daughter are symphony, ballet and opera lovers. We love Soluna and introduced many of our friends to the place where the food and smiles never disappoint. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a noteworthy experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had high hopes for this dining experience. I was going to the Opera with my partner and was looking to try a new restaurant to begin the evening. The place was not busy at all. We ordered cocktails and they arrived after our salad course. We finished our cocktails and salad and waited 15 minutes before we were approached again. Our dinner arrived before we were ever asked for our wine choices. The meal was fair--I had the halibut which was pretty good--my partner had the risotto which was seasoned very poorly. We were seated at a booth in the very back of the restaurant; which we did not mind except for the open curtains that revealed a very dirty/trash filled patio. I know its edges the Tenderloin, but please.
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  • MissPink
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    A vibrant spot with delicious, creative dishes and friendly service. Soluna is located near the symphony hall, which is why we dined there. They are slammed from 5:30-7:00 on symphony nights, but they accommodated our timing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad time, after a few good ones
    theatergoer
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is our favorite spot for pre-theater/symphony/opera dining... good, but just far enough from the venues that it's not impossible to get an early dinner reservation on show nights. We've been there 3 or 4 times before and had good experiences. But this time, someone screwed up somewhere, and we ended up waiting ~75 minutes for our entrees, and just barely wolfed them down in time to get to the show on time. They did knock $50 off the bill for their screw-up ... but I'd rather have paid the full amount and had a good experience!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wrong memorable experience
    NotAgain
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Party of three. 5:30 pm reservation, Wednesday night before symphony concert; 7:30 pm so not rushed Atmosphere terrible, borderline depressing. Service started OK but deteriorated a lot. Two appetizer arrived not as ordered and poor quality. Entrees, two salads & one pan seared Halibut Requested all arrive at same time. Salads arrived first, halibut later. Salads were good looking and flavorful. Halibut; very badly overcooked; burned, dry, tough, stringy texture. Love halibut; cook it a lot myself. Halibut is easy to cook right, difficult to get really wrong but they did. I regret a lot not sending halibut back, salad replacement and speaking to manager. I think that was unfair of me to the restaurant.
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  • Such a great find in the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We went back to Soluna yet again for a Board candidate interview, and again had the perfect lunch situation. The experience at the door is great, the menu is diverse enough for everyone and everything we've tasted is delicious, the service is unobtrusive but prompt, and the tables are far enough apart that it's possible to have a thoughtful conversation with a larger group and be able to hear each other well. They really do a great job - enough so that the 2 or 3 other places we used to go have totally dropped off our list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Dined here prior to going to Showboat. Food was delious. Staff attentive, even gave us a wine tasting of their recommended wine when the one we wanted was unavailable
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic